Inspirational Women's Breakfast Sydney 2020
A rare opportunity to hear from inspiring and motivating women about overcoming the challenges faced in life, family, workplace and modern Australian society.
Wednesday 4th March
7am - 9am
Tea Rooms, QVB
Inspirational Women’s Breakfast is Special Olympics Australia’s annual networking breakfast celebrating the inspirational and powerful women from Australian society. Join us to meet and hear from iconic women who will share insights on their life and our times and help us raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Azita Abdollahian was born in 1973 in IRAN and now calls Australia home. Azita is a mother, refugee, student, businesswoman, author and the story of a miracle.
Her book ‘Breaking Free’ is her life story from when she married a stranger at 17 years old with barely a high school education in post-revolution Iran. She was the target of domestic violence yet survived to become the woman she is today. She has not only transformed her life and achieved the impossible, but has helped countless people along her journey.
Azita is a founder of Shining light foundation where she helps the homeless and the founder of Ethos mindset training where she provides a platform for individuals who like to create sustainable change for being a better version of themselves.
Belinda Sharpe is used to breaking new ground in rugby league, being the first female to officiate in the National Rugby League (NRL), a Test Match and at a World Cup.
After cutting her teeth refereeing in the junior competitions in her home town of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, she moved to Brisbane where she worked through the grades in Queensland to reach the top level in the Intrust Super Cup as a centre referee, before ultimately being appointed as a touch judge in the final round of the 2014 NRL season, in an historic moment for rugby league.
She has since officiated in more than 100 first grade games in the NRL, and achieved representative honours. Her breakthrough moment came in 2019 when she was appointed to her first NRL match as a centre referee - the first female official in 111 years of rugby league in Australia. Despite these achievements, Belinda doesn’t see herself as a pioneer of female officiating in the sport, but recognises the importance of her role in inspiring the next generation of young girls to become involved.
Antoinette Lattouf is a multi award-winning journalist. She is currently a senior reporter at Network 10 and the Director of Media Diversity Australia.
In 2019 she was named among the Australian Financial Reviews 100 Women of Influence. Antoinette is also an Ambassador for parent’s mental health organisation the Gidget Foundation and a newly appointed Ambassador for the Thryoid Foundation.
Master of Ceremonies: Peter Overton